13th June, 2019 by East Somerset Railway

Tom Dalton

This blog will give an insight into  day to day life at the railway, a behind the scenes look at what our staff and volunteers are getting up to and a review of our events as they occur. 

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June 13th - Dementia Friends

Another trip out for Lisa and I today - this time to Salisbury to attend a Dementia Friends workshop. We are both now trained in delivering Dementia Friends  Information Sessions with a view to passing this on to the staff and volunteers as part of our aim to become recognised as a Dementia Friendly organisation.  

For further information about Dementia Friends :

Collet Park Day - June 8th

Despite the rain and the strong gusts of wind (tricky for gazebos and tall display boards!), we made an appearance at Collet Park in Shepton Mallet on Saturday for the annual event.  Our aim was to raise our profile with the lovely folk of Shepton Mallet and area - many of whom knew of us but had never visited. Derek, Lynne and I (with help from Barney the Station Dog) set up the stand at 7 am as instructed by the organisers, dodging the rain, and awaited the public entry at 10! 

Plenty of coffee was drunk in the first couple of hours, I can tell you!

Lisa, our Education Officer, joined us at 11 am and between us all, we chatted to many potential new visitors, made contact with a few local groups, gave away plenty of leaflets and sold a fair few raffle tickets. We also attracted a couple of potential new volunteers to the railway - and hopefully, they will be joining us soon.

Meanwhile, back at Cranmore, trains were running as normal and we had a very well attended Sparkling Afternoon Tea.

We were hoping to attend the Midsummer Vintage Fair next Saturday - but it has unfortunately been cancelled. No doubt too much soft mud predicted for the stationary engines!

Elaine L and Lisa at Collet Park Day

W H Smith's Kiosk - restored! June 2019

The W H Smith's Kiosk which has stood on our platform for sometime, originally came from Salisbury Station.  Although used as a useful storage area for some of our volunteers (their equipment, that is, not the vollies themselves!) it was not really presented to it's best.

Thanks to Derek, it now looks the part once more. See the before and after pictures below.

Back in service.......June 1st

After a successful Facebook plea, were were able to reinstate our phone receiver. Thank you Ian!

We are very proud of our platform phone box - a K4 which originally resided in Bristol city centre. It is one of only 50 produced between 1930 and 1935.

Check out this link for all the info on the K4.........


Drone's Eye View...... May 30th

Here are some photos and a video taken from a drone by Jerry Perkins, quoted below:

'This is a 3D point cloud model of the East Somerset Railway which we’ve created from the 300 plus photos that the drone took when it was buzzing around the site 150ft up. The scale model is created from millions of points. Which is why the model become see through the closer you get. 
This is great for us in Architecture as every one of the points has an X,Y & Z coordinate so we can use the model to produce scale site plans, elevations and sections. As its to scale we can also measure the model within the computer in the same way that you’d measure a drawing with a rule'.

May 29th - It's the Gruffalo!

We were all very excited indeed to welcome the Gruffalo back to Cranmore! He had a great day hugging, waving and having his photo taken with loads of visitors, staff and volunteers. I have to say, I think the adults enjoyed meeting him more than the children!

DMU Day May 22nd

Our first DMU day today - showing off the newly refurbished L231.  We just love the mini First Class carriage behind the driver!  Our next diesel only day will be on the 23rd of July.

Peter Rabbit visits Cranmore! April 17th

The first of our character visits this year was the ever popular Peter Rabbit. He arrived around 10 o clock with his human companion, and made appearances on the platform all day much to the delight of the many visiting children. And, I have to say, adults too! We ran 6 trains throughout the day - both the engines were in service - and Peter waved them all off.

In between times. there was a traditional Punch and Judy show on the platform. The children still love this old fashioned entertainment - but I think it was the adults who really appreciated the slightly non pc humour and tongue in cheek comments from Mr Punch!


Rolls Royce Enthusiasts visit the Railway

Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Group Visit - April 10th

We were very pleased to welcome a few beautiful Rollers into our car park for the day - as their owners enjoyed a private tour of the engine sheds as well as  driving one of the Sentinel Diesel engines. 

Steam Gala - March 23th and 24th

Our first public steaming this year! The weather was kind to us and we had both engines (the 56 and the Ivatt) in steam. Children (and adults!) enjoyed the model railway which was running all over the weekend. My first footplate ride!

Railtour Visit March 16th 2019

The year started really well for us - with a visit from Railtours' 'Somerset Strimmer'. The 10 coach diesel pulled into Cranmore on the afternoon of Saturday March 16th along with 500 or so passengers! Despite the fairly wet and blustery weather, the visit went well with most enjoying a steam train ride , refreshements in the cafe and making a fair few purchases in the shop.

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